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In-Clinic vs. At-Home LED Therapy: What’s The Difference?

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The healing power of light.

We often talk about the damaging effects of certain kinds of light like the extended exposure of sunlight on the skin, but what about light that can actually be healing and regenerative? Here’s the lowdown on LED therapy and the difference between professional in clinic versus at home LED light treatment.

What is light therapy?

So it was first developed by NASA to aid plant growth experiments in space, LED therapy has become known as a non-invasive healing and aesthetic treatment option for just about every skin type and skin tone. By using varying wavelengths, LED helps with anti-aging, acne, inflammation, and overall skin regeneration and health.  Because it does not contain UV rays, it is considered safe for regular use and studies have not shown any adverse effects on the skin.

What does light therapy do?

LED Light Therapy is great in every single facial treatment to calm any areas of irritation and it’s also brilliant at brightening the skin. When used consistently, over time, LED lights are thought to penetrate your skin at different depths and cause various reactions in your skin, such as fighting acne-causing bacteria, plumping skin and reducing wrinkles.

A course of treatments offers corrective and long-lasting results, although you’ll be able to see a difference after the first session. Light therapy is also particularly calming, so you’ll leave feeling refreshed. So what’s the difference between at-home and in-clinic treatments?

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As with any professional versus at-home treatment, in-clinic LED therapy is stronger than consumer versions.


At-Home Devices:

So what does this mean for home-based LED devices? There simply isn’t enough evidence regarding the biological effects of home-based devices compared to in-clinic technology. The main concern about home-based devices is that the light source they use may not reach the correct wavelength to be effective and get results. 

Put simply; not all LED therapy devices deliver the same results. In fact, there are some products (not all) out there that do little more than shine light onto your skin. Although purchasing an at-home LED device may seem like a bargain, purchasing the wrong one can be a waste of time and money if it doesn’t deliver. If you want to see results, it’s crucial that the appropriate wavelength of light and energy density is used to treat your skin condition.

In-Clinic Treatments:

Receiving your LED light therapy from a trusted and licensed clinic can help to ensure that you’re treating your skin with the most effective and advanced technology on the market. By strategically targeting your skin concerns and problem areas, your therapist can help you achieve your skin goals quickly and easily. 

Treatment and Results:

You can enjoy an LED light therapy mask session after a facial, or as a standalone treatment to combat your skin issues. If you want the best results possible, be sure to schedule regular treatments.


LED light therapy has a cumulative effect so consistency is key when it comes to enjoying the benefits of LED light therapy.  We usually recommend 10 treatments about one week apart.   LED light therapy is a relaxing treatment that provides a real benefit for overall skin health, that is ideal for ongoing and consecutive treatments to yield glow-inducing and breakout-reducing benefits as part of your professional skin health journey.  To learn more on how to prep and rejuvenate your skin we recommend booking into see one of our dermal technicians for a complimentary consultation.

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